I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to improve their climate literacy so as to understand the projected impacts from the expanding climate crisis and how to adapt their workplaces in the face of these impacts.

Knowledge workers in China have undergone a major “remote work stress test” as the government enforces social distancing to stem the spread of Covid-19.

This piece entitled Will remote work be a long-term habit after the coronavirus? makes the observation:

“Many Chinese workers who never had remote work experience have struggled with the transition.”

I would argue that one of the main reasons anyone will struggle with remote work is as a result of having a low digital literacy and fluency score.

Digital Literacy can be defined as “the interest, attitude and ability of individuals to use digital technology and communication tools appropriately to access, manage, integrate, analyze and evaluate information, construct new knowledge, and create and communicate with others.” — in other words having the skill to be just as effective in-person as virtually.

How will your team fare if put into a forced remote work situation?